of The Villages News
By Meta Minton
Published August 12, 2018
Costs are mounting in Community Development District 4 at the
site of sinkholes where two homes remain in limbo.
CDD 4 has already absorbed the sticker shock of a $560,000
tab for the first round of sinkhole expenses, but as time
passes, costs continue to mount. CDD 4 supervisors have already
approved a preliminary budget which includes a 20 percent hike
in the maintenance assessment paid by residents.
Two homeowners have retained a lawyer and have not moved toward
resolving the situation with their homes, which have been
declared uninhabitable. District Counsel Valerie Fuchs has
pushed the homeowners’ lawyer for an action plan at the
homesites, but has not received one.
“There is a financial impact that this inaction is having,” said
District Manager Richard Baier.
For instance, CDD 4 has a $20,000 bill coming due for Community
Watch, which has been guarding the site.
CDD 4 can’t move forward with infrastructure repairs because
nothing has been done at the site of the two uninhabitable homes
on McLawren Terrace.
One of the two properties, Doris Morrill’s home, is
reportedly on the market. Her situation has been complicated as
she is a “tenant for life” in the house, as her late husband’s
children were his heirs.
Sturdier barricades have been set up on McLawren Terrace
at the site of two homes uninhabitable since sinkholes opened up in
February. The previous barricades were being moved around by residents,
hence the need for the sturdier barricades.
“I’m not sure who is in charge of the Morrill estate,” said Supervisor Don
Should the house sell, the new owner would be responsible for stabilizing the
property. However, the Marion County code case involving the Morrill house would
be restarted and the 90-day clock would start all over again.
“District 4’s hands are tied,” said Deakin.